Eilidh cooks up a winning main course

Winner of  the Scotch Beef Young Aspiring Chef competition held recently at Taste of Grampian - Eilidh Davidson at her parents farm -  West Cortiecram, Mintlaw.
Winner of the Scotch Beef Young Aspiring Chef competition held recently at Taste of Grampian - Eilidh Davidson at her parents farm - West Cortiecram, Mintlaw.

A young Aberdeenshire chef is combining her love of food and farming to help achieve early success in the hospitality industry.

Eilidh Davidson was the overall winner in the Scotch Beef Young Aspiring Chef Challenge after a cook-off final at Taste of Grampian held at Thainstone last month.

The competition, sponsored by Quality Meat Scotland, gives young chefs the opportunity to demonstrate their innovation and talent as well as highlighting the quality of local produce like Scotch Beef, Scotch Lamb and Specially Selected Pork.

Eilidh, 17, who lives on the family farm at West Cortiecram near Mintlaw, is studying professional cookery at North East Scotland College in Aberdeen.

She reached the final from a shortlist of seven, when she cooked against fellow student and last year’s winner, Brogan Tilney.

Eilidh said: “Some people don’t understand where their food comes from but, having been brought up on a farm, I really appreciate the hours of hard work that go into looking after the animals and how that leads to a top quality food product.

“Scotch Beef is my favourite ingredient. When I was deciding on my menu for the challenge I knew right from the start that I wanted to have beef as the main course.”